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hiking
5 hours ago

Awesome way to spend a day in the woods! We had perfect weather! Believe me when I tell you there are AMAZING views from the top, literally 50 feet past the summit sign and you don’t have to bushwack to get to the spot. Photo opportunities of the Great, Dix, Santanoni, MacIntyre, and Seward ranges. 12 hours car to car with an hour lunch at the top and a couple smaller breaks. The slippery red slime on the rocks in the last mile can be less problematic with micospikes, which my hiking buddy had...shout out to Anthrax for getting peak #41 this day. The 8-mile approach trail passes by scenic Jimmy & Sally Ponds and crosses the Hudson & Opalescent Rivers on beautiful suspension bridges. Don’t believe the nay-sayers...I think you’ll enjoy this hike!

I really enjoyed that there were so many trails to choose from. It was like a choose your own adventure and you might get a little lost (which I did)!

The Ice caves were amazing to visit and walk through the trail make sure to bring a sweatshirt or sweater something to keep you warm since it gets cold inside.

Breath taking view but an extremely steep hike... at some points you're rock climbing which can be terrifying if this is first hike and you are afraid of heights. This is the most challenging hike trail I've done so far, I would recommend coming here early in the morning to beat the sun and the crowd and also wear sturdy with good grip since you will be rock climbing. I don't recommended this trail for dogs and children under the age of 10 if they are not very active and they are able to rock climb which would be difficult for them.Trial end is just a walk away from the start of the trail.

Started at about 930 and took us about 3 hours with a half hour at the top. Gorgeous views! The pond was a really cool spot too. Nice if you just want a shorter but challenging hike!

Not a well marked trail. and close to houses and a couple farms. Although there is a abundance of wildlife to be seen.

walking
6 hours ago

Beautifully maintained, phenomenally well marked loop trail with a decent view. Diverse scenery with soft padded old growth foot paths, a few scattered and well kept small bridges, scenic out-look and again, I cannot stress how great the signage is here for a complete out-of-towner. Well spent few hours. Keep your eyes peeled for the flip flop xylophone! Caution happened upon fresh bear scat. Keep dogs leashed for possible wildlife encounters as well as red trail has steep drop off to the side. Awesome place ✌

We parked in the Rooster Comb parking lot and walked to The Garden parking lot. A fantastic day hike, especially the climb up Gothics with the cables. Not much to see at the top of LWJ but its a nice steep climb, or at least feels steep after doing 3 other high peaks. We walked back to Rooster Comb parking lot which was a nice trail.

Not safe and very dirty

Did this saturday and the weather was perfect. Took us about five hours, probably would've been four if we didn't do the loop and just did out and back. Summit was very crowded as there's only a small spot that's bald.

A nice steady climb to the top with some nice bedrock patches on the second half of the climb. My 5 1/2 year old was able to do this hike without too much difficulty. On the way down we found an entrance to the old cable tram carve out which can also be used as a trail and is actually easier. While the second half is steep (6/10), there are plenty of safe ways up and down. I would not rate this as a hard hike because it's so short in distance.

We camped at the sites right before phelps, dropped our packs then continued up phelps. Bugs were really bad at phelps. Tabletops view wasn’t quite as good as phelps, the trail going up was unmarked and really muddy, but wasn’t a problem for us. About a mile after the trailhead to tabletop is indian falls, which is a way better view than phelps or tabletop, so i highly recommend checking that out while your there.

We hiked Mount Colden on Sept 22 via Avalanche Pass and returned via Lake Arnold. Indications are clear so no worries about missing a cutoff. It was a Saturday and the parking at the LOJ was already full by 8am. This hike is one of the best I've done - many different challenges and variety on this trail. The last 1.5 miles is torture though. All in all, it took us 9 hours for the complete loop, which include a 30 minute break on the summit and a number of quick breaks along the trail. It is highly recommended that the loop be done counter-clockwise (starting via Avalanche Pass). I couldn't imagine coming down this way. Also recommended is wearing thin gloves as there is a lot of scrambling, especially if the weather is on the cool side. Also wear waterproof shoes - there was an instance where you actually had to step in water to reach the bottom rung of a ladder. Overall a long but very rewarding hike.

Nice easy hike to a pretty view of Lake George. Partially obstructed views but still worth the climb. After hiking to the View we went back down and looped around to the falls which was very pretty. The kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9) loved it. We took a short cut to the falls so the total hike was about 5 miles instead of 6.3.

We had a great Saturday morning walk here with the dog. it was quite busy as we finished up, but arriving before 10 gave us a good parking space and a little solitude on the trail. At the end it felt like a real community happening -- great to see so many people outside.

Great hike. The beginning is leisurely and includes views of waterfalls / a stream. Once you get to the bridge take a quick right and head on the other side of the stream (I went left at the bridge initially). The hike up is steep at points and decently challenging - there is some climbing involved and felt a bit longer than 6 miles total. The view at the top is worth the trek but note this is a moderate to hard hike on the way up.

My GPS sent me up O'Toole Rd to a trailhead. The trail starts off easy but the trail that branches off to Hurricane Mtn becomes moderate with a narrow water crossing and then as the incline increases, the trail becomes harder with some climbing. The trail could be marked a bit better, but all in all a great challenging hike with amazing views from the tower, summit and surrounding ledges.

Great hike. Very nice views of the high peaks.

Completed this hike on Sunday 9/23/2018. It was VERY crowded, but so worth the 4 hour drive.

Stunning beauty at every turn. Wonderfully kept trail.

The park is free, however, parking is $8. There is a gift shop, visitor center and clean restrooms.
We arrived just after noon and had no issue finding parking. The trail begins with good signage - literally follow the sidewalks and hordes of people.

The waterfalls are lovely and lots of steps. I'd call this trail Easy not Moderate.

I did this hike with a group on Saturday 9/22/2018. We got the Ausable Club around 9:30am and we took the last legal parking spot. Another car in our group had to drive up 1/4mile and park in the next parking lot. The NYS Conservation Officer was giving tickets and redirecting people away from the full lots.

The trail is follows the Ausable Club private road for 3 miles. The signage is clear. We walked to Rainbow falls, and thanks to the heavy rains the night before the falls were incredible! Our guide (ADK 46er) said this was the best he'd seen the falls in 20+ years. Just awesome. The spray was refreshing. We passed a few people on the tight pass going to/from the falls, and we stayed for a few minutes. We had a snack overlooking the lake and took in all the beauty. We headed back on the trail and followed signs to Indian head.

The trail to Indian Head was easy only steep towards the end. Lovely trail, lots of offshoots to other trails - easy to follow and understand. The view at Indian Head was breathtaking. Just perfect. Can't say enough about it. The overlook was crowded, but still amazing. Maybe 30+ people, we were all enjoying the same view of the wilderness in our own ways.

We followed signs to Gill Brook Trail and walked along the stream for miles - that was beautiful as well.

We had some slower hikers in our group, from start to finish it was 7 hours. We also saw tens of cars with tickets on them when we returned; all the cars with tickets were indeed parked around 'no parking at any time' signs.

Overall an excellent hike and I can't wait to hike it again!

Beautiful easy hike

Took us just about 10 hours, with moderate length breaks on multiple of the peaks and short scattered rests while hiking. Views were excellent, but the summits were a LOT colder than the woods so be sure to dress in layers! Definitely bring gloves, even if it is warm out. There is a lot of up and down in this hike, with very few flat sections. You essentially have to summit 6 times if you do Wright, Iroquois, and Algonquin in the out and back method shown here. I'd definitely do Wright first, because after that the rest of the hike seems easier.

Also, something that we did not know before we started is that there is a 4th mountain (in between Algonquin and Iroquois) that you have to hike called Boundary mountain. It isn't considered a high peak due to distancing rules, but it still has decent views and since you have to go over it twice, it does add some difficulty to the hike.

Here's a more detailed timeline of our trip:
Started at 8:00 AM from the Loj trailead.
Got to the sign splitting the Wright and Algonquin trails at about 10 AM. From here it took us less than an hour to summit Wright, but it was steep. The views were not that great, since it was early and too cloudy.
Reached the summit of Algonquin at about 12:15 PM, excellent views at this time. (As expected, the clouds from the morning tend to clear up by around noon.)
From there, we stayed on the peak for a bit and then left for Iroquois. It took us about a full hour (a little less) to get from Algonquin to Iroquois, and then the same to get back to Algonquin again.
We then left the peak of Algonquin at just about 2:40 pm, and arrived at the Loj at about 5:40 PM.
We were going pretty slowly on the way down due to fatigue from the constant ups and downs of the trail.
Also, worth noting that if you have never hiked out of the Loj before and are going on a weekend, try to get there early. We arrived at 7:30 and barely got a parking spot. Also, be prepared to pay $10 cash for parking.

dogs are not allowed on this trail which is a total bummer but it's for good reason.

10 hours ago

SO FUN! Awesome hike for ANYONE! quick, easy, & the pay off is tops in the view department.

We traveled the opposite direction by way of Weston trail past Lost Pond. a few areas nearing the ridge can be pretty rough if you're out of shape (Hey, Round is a shape, right?) but the trail is forgiving in many areas which provide you with enough respite to recoup, gather your motivation & to reconsider some of your life choices...like, "I probably shouldn't have eaten so many circus peanuts between 1993 & well, yesterday")

the views are spectacular, scrambles aren't too tricky, nicely maintained/marked trails until you reach the ridge. heavy foot traffic on the Crows but the ridge trail is peaceful having few travelers.

Got to the Loj at 7:50 - parking was full, but we did not miss by much. Parked at the end of South Meadows lane, which adds 0.7 mile each way. Trail was quite muddy starting mid-way between Marcy dam and the lake. Took a lot of pictures with my good camera and stopped a number of times, so we were out for about 8.5 hours. Trail along the lake is very slow - a lot of rocks/ladders. There were 2 places where you actually had to put a foot in 2 inches of water - hopefully trail will be repaired soon. Saw some rock climbers on the face of Avalanche Mountain. Nice waterfall down Colden. Beautiful lake - this is a must see.

Fall favorite.

Probably the wrong season for this walk. little wildlife, tracks and flora, excepth fir the isolated doll's eyes

Great all around hike that has it all. Not too challenging, but would be a good hike for any moderate to expert hiker.

The terrain is varied and you will have a lot of rocks to step on so make sure to wear proper boots.

Will hike it again!

21 hours ago

Cute little hike! Pretty views of Algonquin, Marcy, Colden, and Heart Lake!

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